I am a challenge-driven, entrepreneurial and experienced design leader. I thrive on building high-performing teams that balance the needs of business and design while working on cutting-edge products.
Over my 15-year career I have had the privilege to create work for some of the world’s most respected brands including:
• Charles Schwab
• Johnson & Johnson
• Merrill Lynch
• Morgan Stanley
• Pacific Gas and Electric
• The World BanK
Currently I manage the design team at an Amazon think tank called A9 located in Palo Alto. I have four direct reports. I have hired all of these people, wrote the Job descriptions they applied to and manage their reviews and compensation. Rolling up my sleeves is also important. I direct the design of all of our projects. This includes developing the design strategy, reviewing all designs for UX and visual design, and managing our timelines. I will also execute design as a practitioner. Like the rest of the designers, I work in Sketch, Flinto, Axure and a range of other tools to create interface design solutions. Our clients range from the visual search to ad tech to HR. We serve the full A9 organization.
70% of our work is for the visual search team. For this team we deliver interfaces that support augmented reality, virtual reality, machine learning, artificial intelligence and computer vision. To complete these projects we partner with platform engineering, product management, and front-end development.
Additionally I contribute to the annual operational planning of the visual search team.
I can be reached at mark AT markwaldo DOT com